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about the race. can he do the delegate math to beat mitt romney. >> the governor thinks he is now ordained by god to win, then let's just have it out. >> previewing the debate to the fall campaign, the social issues versus the economy. more than 200,000 jobs created in february, and who has the winning prescription for more growth? with us, romney supporter and chair of the governor's association, virginia's governor, bob mcdonnell, and maryland's governor, martin o'malley. finally, our political roundtable is here to talk politics and about something else, civility. where has it gone and can it return? why the president called sandra after rush limbaugh attacks? he was thinking about his own daughters. >> i want them to speak their mind in a thoughtful way, and i don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens. >> we have a discussion with reverend al sharpton, host of msnbc's politics nation. and marsha blackburn, and ej dionne, and peggy noonan. >>> good morning. another split decision in republican presidential contest held over the weeke
wins all 46 delegates. we did do a what if. romney's lead would have been cut in half had santorum and gingrich made the ballot. and this is less about primaries, and more about delegates. here is the map, super tuesday. 424 delegates will be handed out on tuesday night. as far as who will win how many states, and mitt romney probably guaranteed four wins, and he could win as many as eight or nine states. here is what to watch for. 180-200 delegates would be a good night for the romney campaign. i got him up to 211. we will see if he gets the majority in idaho and places like that. and ohio, and tennessee, and romney could put it away. the gingridge could be up, but romney is there today in atlanta. >>> let's turn to the former house speaker, newt gingrich. mr. speaker, welcome back to the program. >> david, it's good to be with you. >> i want to talk about the campaign and the numbers i just went through with chuck todd. i have to ask you about access to contraception. i know it's not at the core of your stump speech, but it's a debate highly charged in washington and congress --
to the gop race for the white house. after michigan, can mitt romney build on the lead and solidify himself as the presome thattive nominee. >>> can santorum win ohio and chart a course to the nomination. can newt gingrich win his home state of georgia as he tries to emerge as the romney alternative? with us, newt gingrich, and eric cantor will weigh into the nomination fight, and with the view from the democrats, debbie wasserman schultz. and plus our political roundtable this morning, what to look for on tuesday, and the president's emerging campaign. on the road, looking under the hood, and fighting for middle class votes. >> i place my bet on the american worker! and i will make that bet any day of the week. with us, republican strategist, mike murphy, and a political analysts for "time" magazine, al paw rins, and savannah guthrie. >>> the republican race is coming down to a battle for delegates, and mitt romney is in the lead winning his fifth straight contest last night in washington state. final results show mom rebeating ron paul, and santorum in third, and newt gingrich a distant f
. romney? >> good luck tonight. no, really. >> really. >> no, really, bring it on. for a long time there was a question whether the president would run on his record or just run against the republicans. this week that question was answered. here's a part of the new obama campaign film. >> how do we understand this president and his time in office? do we look at the day's headlines, or do we remember what we as a country have been through? >> our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed. chris: i talked to david on hardball this week and he believes an ultimate victory for president obama, but says it won't be pretty. >> we are prepared for a tough, close race. 47% voted against us in 2008 when we won a massive victory. so we have the wind at our back then. we don't have the wind at our back now. >> this isn't going to be easy. >> it's not going to be easy but the obama campaign is itching to get at the campaign. i think they wanted to release this movie in the midst of the toughest part of the republican
tuesday? is mitt romney a front runner? >> mitt romney is still the odds on favorite to win the nomination. but he's not the first choice of the most conservative wing of the party. that's pretty obvious right now. to say that, david, is not to say he's an unacceptable choice to those voters. they're going to go through every other alternative first before settling on him if they end up settling. >> one thing that struck me is in each contest so far as highly as the economy ranks as an issue, the biggest factor is still who can beat president obama. and the advantage is still clearly with romney there. >> it is. he's got the largest organization. he's got the most money. and while social media is really important these days, it's no substitute for organization and money as you go into super tuesday organization and money become relatively more important. he's still got to fight to win the nomination. >> how do you see it? what kind of fight does he have on his hands? >> right now he's in a considerable fight in order to win the primary. if he doesn't win ohio, he's going to be back in trou
to head with governor romney at some point, and hopefully that will occur sooner rather than later, but we'll wait and see what the speaker decides. >> let's talk about governor romney. he's making the argument that the malt is essentially the moment momentum. our own political unit did some of that math and figured that you'd need 61% of the remaining delegates ultimately to win this thing. aside from the fact that nobody has the requisite number of delegates yet. why should not this race effectively be considered over and done with, advantage romney? >> well, romney needs about 50% of the delegates. on the current track that we're on right now, the fact is that governor romney doesn't get to that number. so the idea that you just make projections, i mean, this isn't a mathematical formula. it has a tremendous amount of dynamics. we have states coming up that will be great states, states like pennsylvania, we have 72 delegates, we should win if not all of them, the vast majority. the last poll in texas had me up 30 points. we're doing very well in a lot of the states. people remember that
>>> this morning on "early today," no knockout punch. mitt romney appears to clinch a narrow super tuesday win but fails to bring clarity to the primary race. >>> cosmic curse? asstr astronomers have a clue. >>> serious competition. the world's fastest man takes on the world's no eligible bachelor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello. good morning. i'm lynn berry. >>> today, we begin with a split decision. yesterday on super tuesday, republican presidential candidate mitt romney pulled off a narrow victory in the key delegate rich state of ohio but he lost several other states to rival rick santorum. romney was the apparent winner of ohio with 38% p that is just 1% more than santorum. in virginia, it was a two-man race because santorum and newt gingrich didn't make it onto the ballot. romney is the projected winner there with 60%. with 72%, romney also won massachusetts, the state where he was governor. romney is the projected winner in vermont with 40%. in the idaho caucuses, romney won a decisive victory with 62%. he also picked up four delegates in wyoming wh
accepted mitt romney, this week the spreek puts the focus on -- supreme puts the focus on the health care law, a law romney inspired in massachusetts. how can he be the number one attack dog and how can he promise to kill it? just as he wraps up a huge primary win, romney hear as top advisor say all his campaign promises are, he uses a watergate term, inoperative. is he stuck with the etch-a-sketch label for good. "mad men," they're all back, betty, jon, the incomparable joan. what is it about their world we find so downright transing? is it something this country had and lost? is it about our youth? hi, i'm chris matthews. with us today new york magazine john heilemann, cnn's gloria borger, cnbc kelly evans and pulitzer times editor david leonhardt? what do they have in common? both can wipe the slate clean. and they could wipe out the health care law, let it stand or kill the heart of it. we'll get clues in the extraordinary three days of argument starting monday. the president has not been talking much about health care lately, but there was this the other night. >> we want to call it
states under our belt and counting. we're going to get more -- >> mitt romney wins six states including a narrow victory in ohio. rick santorum is claiming victory, as well. what the results of super tuesday mean for each candidate. plus, the one candidate now getting pressure to drop out of the race. >>> good morning and welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> good morning, i'm aaron gilchrist in for joe krebs. wednesday. march 7. if you're thinking about what you're going to wear, you may need to grab two pieces of clothing. the heavy stuff for the morning. and tom kierein here telling us this afternoon could be a different story. >>> yeah, going to feel like springtime. in fact, a great day to get out and see the sights around washington. here's a sight around washington. we'll play stump the anchors now. where do you think the photo was taken? taken by one of our viewers. this was yesterday morning. >> a lovely picture. >> here in d.c. >> the clue is it's outside the air and space museum. this sculpture is called continuum. >> oh. very nice. >> a beautiful sculpture. they have be
for obama now, but events could elect romney. obama is singing happy days, but it's america, is he too far ahead of the parade to hear its music. finally, offshore warnings, could this war with iran change everything and could the killing of americans in afghanistan drive us to quit? could either of these crisis flare up and leave this white house burnt. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, the "washington post" bob woodward, cnbc's becky quick, the "washington post" kathleen parker and the "national journal's" major garrett. while republicans are having to explain rush limbaugh's hatefulness this week, barack obama is radiating optimism these days. the president is channeling that old ronald reagan morning in america. here he was on tuesday. >> i'm not going to settle for a country where a few do really well and everybody else is struggling to get by. i promise you this. as long as you got an ounce of fight left in you, i'll have a ton of fight left in me. chris: a new poll has obama losing to mitt romney by four points believe it or not, even with all of the damage
. instead of celebrating a solid win in illinois and a hay jar new republican endorsement, mitt romney's camp is back pedaling. nbc has details. >> reporter: mitt romney's 12 point illinois win impressed big-named republicans, one in the endorsement of jeb bush who said now is the time for republicans to unite behind governor romney. rick santorum tried to spin. >> the establishment was comfortable with the status quo. go with mitt romney. >> i want to get america right again. >> reporter: romney got undercut by one of his top aides who said once nominated, he plans to erase his focus. rick santorum showed up with an etch-a-scotch. >> he said you just take, turn it over and shake it and then you start all over. >> mocking romney as a fake conservative which he rushed to deny. >> the issues will be exactly the same. i'm running against a conservative republican. >> so here's governor romney's staff. they don't even have the decency to wait until they get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us us. . >> reporter: santorum has a wing man. nbc narcs, washington. >> voted no con
likely opponent in the fall, mitt romney is still actually saying he would go bigger. >> that's in iran. what about that? >> politically there is nothing in it for the president to pull the plug on his own oils the >> politically or realistically over there? >> there are costs there too, but in terms of domestic policy i don't think he pays a price for -- >> people will wait it out so long as they see he's focused on the economy and jobs. >> if they think there is a strategy they'll stick with it. if -- the minute they think this isn't, they'll be gone. chris: and before we break, gas prices could become a huge issue in the fall. fortunately there are no gas lines like in the years when it killed jimmy carter. >> how many of you think jimmy carter is doing a good job on the energy situation? amy and rosslyn? ok. [laughter] how many think he's doing a bad job? [applause] how many of you think he should be pumping gas? chris: carter tried fireside chats in cardigan sweaters hoping that conservation would make him look better. "saturday night live" wasn't making -- taking it seriously. i'm
in ohio where the race between santorum and romney has been incredibly close. tracie potts join us from columbus. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. columbus is key. this is where they will eventually certify tonight's primaries from the results of ohio. ohio is a very important state because no republican has ever been elected without winning this state. so today's primary is a key proving ground for november. ♪ >> reporter: both top candidates mitt romney and rick santorum, spent their last full day of campaigning in ohio. >> we have been all over the state from a to z, all right? akron to zanesville. >> i just don't think the republicans have a viable candidate. >> reporter: romney insists he is winning last-minute voters here. >> i keep hearing people tell me they were undecided and now they have decided to join with us. >> reporter: it's gut-check time! who wants it the most? what do you say? >> reporter: rick santorum has a two-point edge in ohio, a virtual tie. last night, he focuses on romney's flip-flop on contraception coverage. >> he will be the weakest candidate we could
candidate. mitt romney picked up on endorsement from eric cantor. the congressman from virginia says romney has the best plan to make america financially strong. >> mitt romney is the only candidate in the race who put forward a bold pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future. you know, a lot of the things he's talking about in his plan, we're working on in the house of representatives. >> cantor says he has no plans to run as romney's vice presidential candidate if romney does get the nomination. the latest nbc poll shows romney and rick santorum neck and neck as they head into super tuesday. in ohio rick santorum is ahead of mitt romney. in virginia, romney leads ron paul by a huge margin. romney and paul are the only two republican candidates that virginia voters will be able to pick from. the others didn't get enough signatures to make it on to the ballot. >>> funeral services will be held for a 16-year-old boy who died at the hands of an apparent random shooter inside his ohio high school. demitrius hewlin was one of the students killed when a gunman opened fire in the high school. despi
governor mitt romney. virginia, this is a bit of a surprise. gingrich and santorum aren't on the ballot. this is romney versus paul. the polls have closed. too early to call. this is the big one we're watching tonight. they are still voting in ohio. we'll have much more on that. we're back on the air for an hour at 10:00 eastern/9:00 central. on the west coast, a special time, 8:00 p.m. more from new york. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> now we welcome the rest of you joining us as usual for "nbc nightly news." we had to share the election results with the rest of the country. as you heard, we have our first result, our projected winner in from georgia. but in all tonight, 11 states, 424 delegates at stake. there you see tonight's battleground. we want to start off with our own kelly o'donnell. she is in georgia tonight, covering again what has become our first projected result. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. there was a shriek that filled the room when the race was called for newt gingrich. he has said on the road today he expected it to be a w
romney wins the washington state republican caucuses. romney easily won saturday's caucuses with a double-digit victory. romney came in first place with 38% of the vote. ron paul and rick santorum came in second and third with just 1% separating them at 25% and 24%. newt gingrich came in a distant fourth with 10%. this is romney's fourth win in a row. with a washington state victory in hand, romney heads into super tuesday with momentum. on tuesday, seven states will hold primaries, including virginia, where gingrich and santorum failed to qualify for the ballot. three states will hold caucuses. 419 delegates are up for grabs, and that's more than a third needed to clinch the republican nomination. romney and the rest of the candidates have their eyes on ohio now, which has the most delegates at stake amongst the ten contests. ohio's largest newspaper, "the plain dealer" of cleveland, endorsed romney. romney and santorum made campaign stops across the state. >> we've got good people running for office, but you know, these other guys have spent their life in government. nothing wrong with
in with 35% of the vote. while newt gingrich and mitt romney each got 29%. in mississippi, santorum eeked out a closer victory with 33%. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on what this means for newt gingrich and mitt romney. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. despite what the polls were telling us 24 hours ago it should have been no surprise rick santorum won both states because they are packed with evangelical voters, and that's his crowd. >> we did it again. >> reporter: rick santorum won mississippi with a third of the vote and alabama with 35%. speaking from louisiana, where he promised another big win next week, santorum hinted newt gingrich should drop out of the race. >> the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure, to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election. >> reporter: gingrich came in second in both states and gave no indication he's quitting. instead, he focused on mitt romney's failure to win the conservative southern vote. >> the elite media's effort to convince the nation that mitt romney is inevi
clear the republican nomination fight will stretch until june, and that is not good news for mitt romney or rick santorum. what will be good news? a win in ohio. the big prize of this night, but as state at this point is too close to call. steve begins our coverage in the capital city of columbus. >> reporter: rick santorum needed to show he can win, and he did on super tuesday appearing early to celebrate victories in oklahoma and tennessee. six wins since january, plus leading tonight in ohio. >> we have won in the west, the midwest, and the south, and we're ready to win across this country. >> reporter: santorum, a fiscal and proud social conservative, can make a new claim of electability. >> we need a person running against president obama who is right on the issues and truthful with the american public. >> reporter: mitt romney had to talk up his uncontested wins in virginia, vermont and at home in massachusetts. >> i'm not going to let you down. i'll get this nomination. >> he had to wait to get all the-important verdict from ohio. >> i stand ready to lead our party and nation to p
. >>> it's now 5:02. the biggest prize of super tuesday goes to mitt romney. this morning nbc declared romney the winner in the ohio primary. it was hardly a landslide. he beat rick santorum by about 12,000 votes. romney won six of the ten states in play yesterday. santorum won three. both candidates, though, celebrated what they call big nights for their campaigns. >> to the millions of americans who look around and can only see jobs they can't get and bills that they can't pay, i have a message. you have not failed. you is a president that's failed you, and that's going to change. [ cheers ] >> we've won races all over this country against the odds, when they thought, okay, he's finally finished. we keep coming back. >> romney won about half of the 419 delegates up for grabs yesterday. he won at least 204 delegates, and that's more than his three competitors combined. rick santorum won at least 77 delegates. newt gingrich won at least 69, and ron paul won at least 16. >>> in battleground virginia, a fairly light turnout this super tuesday. we have a breakdown of the vote in our area.
a sense of the volatility in this campaign, the romney campaign chose massachusetts. that's the state where romney served as governor and it is the one state where advisers say they're certain they're going to win tomorrow. with a fierce tug of war atop the republican field, mitt romney and rick santorum are making their final pitches on the eve of super tuesday. it could alter the course of this campaign. >> give me your vote tomorrow, get out and vote. >> reporter: at stake, 11 states and 424 delegates, more than any other single day all primary season. the most heavily sought-after prize, the general election battleground of ohio where santorum is appealing to the state's blue-collar base, again today attacking romney's health care overhaul in massachusetts. >> he recommended to president obama that he adopt romneycare as the template for obamacare. and guess what? they did. >> reporter: and at a town hall in youngstown, romney faced uneased even among supporters. >> i need an emphatic yes from you that you will repeal obamacare. >> why would i not? there's no -- >> reporter: in a
us. today," regaining mow meant item. mitt romney scores a resounding win in porcello's republican primary. >>> brink of disaster. newly released video captures the sheer terror of an ef-4 toernd. >>> and indian iron man. a former mr. universe celebrates a big milestone. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with an overwhelming win. mitt romney rakes in all of porcello's 20 delegates on sunday after walking away with more than 50% of the republican's primary vote and now the spotlight is on illinois. tracie potts joins us with more on this. good morning. >> good morning. illinois's primary is going to be a little different than what we've seen so far. it's not winner take all. it's not proportional. they have separate votes for the president and for the delegates. the popular vote does not determine who gets those delegates. illinois's the necked by prize. tomorrow's republican primary will decide most of the state's 69 delegates. >> if we're able to come out with a huge surprise win, guarantee you, i guarantee you
romney will make it very difficult for his rivals to keep running. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on this. >> reporter: good morning. rick santorum is hoping to do well in illinois but it's going to be an uphill battle for him. mean time mitt romney even though he is the front-runner at this point is not taking the land of lincoln for granted. >> thespian cakes are something else. i'll tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney in his third day campaigning in illinois the land of reindian and obama. >> i'm looking for the nod here. >> reporter: romney is up by nine points. santorum is the underdog. he's ineligible because he filed paper work too late. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate will be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates. >> i do care about the unemployment rate. it bothers me. >> reporter: santorum clarified. >> of course i care about the unemployment rate. but i'm saying my candidacy doesn't hinge on whether the unemployment rate goes up or down. >> reporter: but it's the numbers that mitt romney hopes to solidify him for a wi
, the biggest day so far in the republican presidential campaign. with contests in 11 states. mitt romney is coming off his latest victory in yesterday's washington state caucuses. nbc's peter alexander is on the trail in ohio. >> reporter: stumping across the south today, mitt romney is hammering home his business background, looking to take a decisive advantage in the republican race. >> the economy is what i do, it is what i know, it is what i've done. >> reporter: while rick santorum battles to regain momentum. >> we're doing as well as anybody in all of these races. >> reporter: with 11 contests this super tuesday, the symbolic prize remains the general election battleground of ohio. for the latest nbc news/marist poll shows romney gaining on santorum. their matchup now a statistical dead heat. because santorum failed to complete the required paperwork, he may not be eligible for more than a quarter of ohio's delegates. >> it is a tough state for us because of the fact that with the money disadvantage, but we're -- we have got a great grassroots campaign. we're hanging in there. >> r
tuesday did anything but. tonight, what the romney campaign is saying about that nomination. >>> frozen in time. nearly a year after the nuclear disaster, an exclusive visit to the dead zone in japan. richard engel is just back with a rare firsthand look at what's left. >>> second chance, the incredible story of a mother of three who was dying of melanoma and is now alive and well. what her doctors did for her that could turn out to be a turning point for others. >>> the end zone. an emotional fair wael for a beloved champion. a question now, is the game over? >>> and the coming solar storm. racing toward earth at 4 million miles an hour and what could happen when it gets here overnight. happen when it gets here overnight. "nightly news begins now." captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if anybody was looking for super tuesday to simplify the gop race for the nomination, if mitt romney was hoping to use center tuesday to clinch the nomination, it didn't happen. four candidates went into last night's primaries. today four candidates woke up and went on. this rac
in maryland on tuesday for republicans. the prevote polls show mitt romney the run away favorite in those races. that's why the focus is on wisconsin. republican leaders here on capitol hill hope mitt romney can put away rick santorum in wisconsin. four days before the primary, mitt romney came to wisconsin with a seven-point lead in the nbc news marist poll. >> president obama thinks he is doing a good job. i'm not kidding. he actually thinks he's doing a great job. >> reporter: he's getting key endorsements. conservative house leader paul ryan, who is from wisconsin, 87-year-old former president george bush 41. >> i do think it is time for the party to get behind governor romney. >> reporter: florida tea party senator marco rubio, a wave of romney endorsements. that is really important for him right now because he needs to start bringing the republican party together to start bringing party unity and start generating some enthusiasm for the general election. >> i'm here -- [ applause ] >> -- yes. i'll take off my jacket. >> reporter: president obama is already campaigning. four events t
that marchers came from every part of the city. >>> today mitt romney will campaign in maryland fresh off his win in the illinois primary. romney will attend a town hall meeting near baltimore this afternoon. maryland holds its primary on the 3rd of april. early voting begins on this saturday. romney won convincingly in illinois. he beat rick santorum by 12% points. the victory gives romney an even more commanding lead in the delegate count. nbc news projects that he won 41 of illinois's 54 delegates. romney has not clinched the republican nomination yet but appears to be looking need november's general election. [ applause ] >> so tonight was a primary, but november is the general election. and we're going to face a defining decision as a people. our choice will not be about party or even personality. this election will be about principle. our economic freedom will be on the ballot. >> according to exit polls, romney won the support of 71% of illinois voters who say the ability to defeat the president is the most important factor in a candidate. >>> a new poll shows that president obama has
by a hair. mitt romney can count ohio in his victory column with a 1% lead over second-place finisher rick santorum. newt gingrich came in third place. ron paul informs last place in the state that is said to count the most on super tuesday. although romney is far ahead in the delegate count, he still can't close the deal with some party skeptics. nbc's steve handlesman has more. >> reporter: mitt romney survived super tuesday, barely winning ohio, after pounding rick santorum with attack ads, but romney put on a bright face today. >> i don't apply sentiment to it, i must admit to last night, i feel pretty darn good. >> reporter: he did win the super tuesday quest for delegates. nbc news projects romney got 219, santorum, 97, newt gingrich, 82, ron paul, 22. so, romney keeps his big lead in total delegates, maybe enough to block his rivals from the nomination. >> mitt romney did what he had to do he put away six out of the ten states last night. >> reporter: but rick santorum won three states and claims today he is on a roll. >> we are heading for misand m mississippi and alabama and we
is the talk of a race for president. mitt romney is trying to shake off a controversial comment one of his top aides made about his general election strategy. the aide said romney plans to erase his conservative focus like he would shake an etch a sketch. that imagine had mitt romney been around at the time we were drafting our constitution, he'd have shaken it and shook it up after it was approved to rewrite it. >> and so here's governor romney's stachl they don't even have the decency to wait until they get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us out. >> romney did pick up a key endorsement yesterday though. former florida governor jeb bush is now supporting former massachusetts governor. >>> and here in the district women's health advocates plan to bring etch a sketches to their protests outside a mitt romney fund-raiser. the governor will be at the hyatt today. they plan to voice their anger over romney's plan to get rid of planned parenthood if he becomes president. >> our time is 6:07. >>> a mystery from below, why people are being shaken overnight. >>> the requirements who s
murders and why some say this will come to a violent end. >>> and mitt romney is trying to erase a campaign gaffe. he the staff is under fire this morning. >>> i'm eun yang. it's 5:00 a.m. 62 degrees out there. i believe that is reagan national airport. still a little foggy from this view but not as bad as yesterday and it turned out to be a nice day. >> we're hitting a roadblock again with the fog. next couple of days, you know, the warm act is going to be the big story. for the weekend, get ready for some of our first big storms around this area. as far as the temperatures go today, we'll hit 77 degrees in d.c., 76 in frek ritzburg. culpeper, 77. it's going to be a pretty nice day with sunshine probably breaking out about noontime today. there's your fog in gaithersburg, pax river and over in annapolis visibility are down to around a quart over a mile. we dropped to 60, a couple of degrees. 9:00 a.m., 62 with breaks of sunshine. by the time we get to the noon hour, partly sunny. we'll go from 70 to 77 degrees, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00. evening planner, we clear out even more. it's goin
to the republican race for the white house, mitt romney appears to have picked up some necessary momentum from his big win in last night's primary in illinois. steve handelsman is on capitol hill now with the latest. >> reporter: team romney is in a bit of a damage control mode late this afternoon after a top aide said romney plans to shift presumably to the left to accommodate more moderate voters once he gets the nomination. this comes though after a solid primary win and a coveted endorsement. mitt romney's 12-point illinois win impressed big name republicans and won him the endorsement of jeb bush, popular former governor of florida, who said, now is the time for republicans to unite behind governor romney. rick santorum tried spin. >> all the endorsers, the establishment, you know, was comfortable with the status quo, go with mitt romney. >> it is great to be back in pennsylvania. >> reporter: but his weak second place in illinois may doom his campaign. >> if rick santorum cannot break through against mitt romney in a one-on-one match in a big midwestern state, he can't turn over the table of
for the romney campaign. the remark a top adviser might wish he could take back. >>> mean season, the downside of early summer. why millions are suffering through this otherwise pleasant arrival of warm weather. >>> saints and sinners. tonight, the shot hurt around the world of sports. >>> and the boomtown, what is that shaking homes and nerves, keeping all the people up at night? the mystery in a small midwestern town. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they are driven by a social media campaign, by main stream media coverage, by sadness, and just plain outrage at the thought that an innocent teenager was killed in cold blood outside of his father's home in florida. to show you the level of concern over this case in florida, this is a rally under way tonight here in new york. national attention has now come crashing down on the case of trayvon martin. he was 17 years old. he was encountered by a local neighborhood watch volunteer who unlike a lot of others in neighborhoods across this country, had a gun. he has not been arrested, and now that the feds and the media have swooped in o
. he picked off the two big state primaries and yet again, mitt romney is acting like a man cruising to the nomination with clear skies ahead. our political director chuck todd has a look at things on this day after. chuck, good evening. >> good evening, brian. for mitt romney, these primary days must feel like charlie brown and the football. he feels like he's on the verge of the nomination. the football gets yanked away by lucy. in this case lucy is rick santorum. it's math versus momentum. rick santorum hoping his southern sweep tuesday finally gives him a clean shot to be the chief conservative challenger. >> eventually people are going to figure out governor romney isn't going to be the nominee. >> i want to thank you. >> reporter: for mitt romney, tuesday turned out to be southern primary deju vu. he couldn't get 1/3 of the vote in the geographic heart and soul of the gop. his inability to win in the deep south is living a gaping hole in his geographic road map to the nomination. despite losing alabama and mississippi, romney can claim a numeric victory thanks to caucuses held
.c. schools and restaurants this week. >>> both mitt romney and rick santorum gained momentum ahead of two crucial primaries on tuesday. yesterday, santorum won kansas's caucuses, capturing at least 2069 state's 40 delegates. romney took home some smaller victories, winning the u.s. bettterritories as well as wyoms caucus, which voted last week. santorum is currently third in polling in alabama, behind romney and newt gingrich. he is also third in mississippi with gingrich holding a slight lead over romney before tuesday's caucuses. santorum and romney's victories, though, do little to the delegate standings. look for yourself. romney has a commanding lead, 377 delegates for him, more than the other three candidates combined. santorum has 146 delegates. gingrich at 112 and ron paul at just 31. the challengers need 1,144 delegates to secure the republican nomination. >>> with just a couple days until alabama and mississippi, each candidate is hoping to capture those southern states. nbc's david gregory joined us earlier today and says for romney, santorum and gingrich, a win for them on tue
on a shadow campaign. >> how a staffer's remark about an etch-a-sketch would erase momentum of the romney campaign. we begin with the case of trayvon martin, a story that continues to attract national interest. >> in this community and others across the country people are demanding justice and expressing outrage with the lack of an arrest in the case. at this hour, a huge march in new york has come to an end with people chanting and singing in trayvon's honor. the city commission in sanford, florida, gave the police chief there a vote of no confidence, adding to pressure for him to resign. a social media campaign urging people nationwide to send skittles candies to the sanford police department. >> all this cuppioming as we le more about the connection. >> reporter: we know george zirmmzir zimmerman grew up in our backyard. he recently returned from sanford, florida. >> if you believe something good is -- >> reporter: pastor jamaal bryant speaks at a church in d.c. after leading marches in sanford, florida, demanding that police arrest george zimmerman for killing trayvon marlin. >> all o
process. rick santorum and mitt romney are in a dead heet. steve handlesman has the latest. >> reporter: super tuesday voters turned out in massachusetts, the state of virginia, in georgia, today. in tennessee and in ohio. of the 11 states holding contests today ohio is the most watched. in this swing state, many republicans are unenthusiastic and most are split between the two leading candidates. >> i voted for mitt romney. >> mitt romney. because of his business experience. >> people aren't feeling there's a strong person at all. but i think santorum could pull it out. >> could he beat mitt romney in ohio, the pressure is on rick santorum. >> as you may know, this is a somewhat important day in my life today. >> reporter: he went to washington, spoke to the largest proisrael lobbying group. >> under a santorum administration we would find no gap between israel and the united states. >> mitt romney appeared via satellite talking tough on iran. >> as president i'll be ready to engage in diplomacy. but i will be just as ready to engage our military mite. >> reporter: that's
primary, mitt romney picked up another key endorsement. "the chicago tribune" endorsed the former massachusetts governor, saying he's the best choice for the republican nomination. the state's largest newspaper said romney is most likely to help return the gop back towards its traditional values of financial responsibility and limited government. illinois's primary has 54 delegates up for grabs. meanwhile, rick santorum has got a bold prediction ahead of the illinois primary. he says that if he wins on tuesday, he'll go on and win the republican nomination. santorum says that while chicago will mostly support mitt romney, he's got the support of the more rural areas of the state. he added that romney and president obama are so similar, he feels like he's already participating in the general election. >>> so, as the battle rages on between rick santorum and mitt romney, which matters more, the delegate count or support from fellow republicans? "meet the press" moderator david gregory stopped by the set with his answer. >> the problem is, for romney to make a case about the delegate
>>> on this saturday night, battle for the south. big wins today for mitt romney and rick santorum. now it's an all out fight in the new battle ground on the trail. >>> trouble in paradise. massive floods, mud slides, hail, even a tornado. one of america's most popular vacation spots in a state of emergency. >>> bowling controversy. the powerful new movie aimed at kids and parents and a firestorm over its rating. >>> rock star. $10 million, 100 nights, and 340 tons. tonight, the big move in l.a. >>> and check it out. one man's way to honor his mom, giving a whole new meaning to the neighborhood library. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. mitt romney and rick santorum went toe to toe again today. battling for delegates. this time in republican caucuses in kansas and wyoming. and once again, the results point to a long and uneven road to the nomination. tonight, nbc news declares santorum the winner by a comfortable 30%. and romney won contests today in guam and the other u.s. territories. while this is increasingly being seen as a two-man race, newt ging
presidential candidate. fresh off a saturday caucus win in washington state, mitt romney picked up an endorsement from house mangt leader eric cantor. the congressman from virginia says romney has the best plan to make america financially strong. >> mitt romney is the only candidate in the race who's put forward a bold pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future. you know, a lot of the things that he's talking about in his plan we're working on in the house of representatives. >> cantor says he has no plans to run as romney's vice presidential candidate if romney does indeed get the nomination. the latest nbc marist poll, it shows that romney and rick santorum are neck and neck heading into super tuesday. in ohio santorum is ahead of romney 34% to 32%. with newt gingrich and ron paul trailing. in virginia romney leads ron paul by a huge margin, 69% to 26%. romney and paul are the only two republican candidates that virginia voters will be picking because the other candidates did not gather enough signatures to make it onto that ballot. >>> today marked the 47th anniversary of the 1965
on the ballot. mitt romney and ron paul. romney is expected to win in a landslide. rick santorum and newt gingrich failed to qualify for the ballot. it is super tuesday today. 11 states are holding primaries or caucuses. by the end of the day, the republican race for president could be a lot more clear. there are more than 400 delegates up for grabs around the country. >>> all eyes will be on ohio throughout the day today which is expected to be a close contest between mitt romney and rick santorum. let's go live to tracie potts. she's in columbus with more on the race there. set it up for us. ♪ >> reporter: both top candidates mitt romney and rick santorum spent their last full day of campaigning in ohio. >> we have been all over the state, from a to z, all right. akron to zanesville. >> reporter: despite the latest poll showing an unenthusiastic republican electorate -- >> i don't think the republicans have a viable candidate. >> reporter: romney insists he's winning last-minute voters here. >> i keep hearing people tell me they were undecided and now they've decided to join with us.
. >> we caught up with bradley at court, but he refused to be intervi interviewed. >>> mitt romney leading challenger rick santorum days before voters head to the polls in wisconsin. a new poll shows the former massachusetts governor has the support of 40% of likely voters. santorum trails by 7%. ron paul and newt gingrich, both trail by double digits, political bun at this times say wisconsin could ressam for um's last chance to keep romney from securing the nomination. >>> romney setting his sights on president obama. he spoke to students at lawrence university yesterday and completely ignored his challengers, making no mention of the other candidates. instead, he went after the president. calling his economic strategy a bust. >> out of touch liberals like barack obama say they want a strong economy. but they really don't like businesses very much. but the economy is simply the product of all of the nation's businesses added together. so -- so it's like saying you love omelets but you don't like eggs. >> romney has a busy day planned today. he is going to attend four campaign events acro
romney survived super tuesday, barely winning ohio, after pounding rick santorum with attack ads, but romney put on a bright face today. >> i don't apply sentiment to it, i must admit to last night, i feel pretty darn good. >> reporter: he did win the super tuesday quest for delegates. nbc news projects romney got 219, santorum, 97, newt gingrich, 82, ron paul, 22. so, romney keeps his big lead in total delegates, maybe enough to block his rivals from the nomination. >> mitt romney did what he had to do he put away six out of the ten states last night. >> reporter: but rick santorum won three states and claims today he is on a roll. >> we are heading for mississippi and alabama and we are going to have a sweep on saturday. reporter: backers pressed newt gingrich to quit. he refused. >> we are staying in this race because i believe that it's going to be impossible for a ection.e to win the general >> reporter: and after winning georgia, gingrich could take more southern primaries next tuesday. romney's so weakened, there's no incentive for gingrich or santorum to quit before the c
, and mississippi. >> and this comes as rick santorum and mitt romney score election victories on saturday. but two states contest could be make or break for newt gingrich. we're live from the campaign trail. >> then japan, one year later. we remember the horrific images from japan after it was struck by the earthquake and then the tsunami. today much of that country is reflecting on the past year. coming up we'll look at how people are trying to get their lives and businesses back to normal. >>> plus, whatever happened to madeleine mccann? she was almost 4 years old when she disappeared five years ago. and now, investigators in portugal and scotland are taking a new look at her case file. we'll find out why. >> and there's something about harry from brazil's beaches, to slums, prince harry is a huge hit as he shows off his playful side. coming up why some royal watchers are calling his trip unprecedented. >> more smiles from him than i've seen in a long time. so we're going to start though with some breaking news out of afghanistan. a u.s. soldier has been taken into custody in southern afghanista
, and both races were close in alabama santorum beat gingrich by $6 percentage points, mitt romney a few thousand votes behind gingrich, ron paul a distant fourth. >>> mississippi's primary was even closer, santorum held off gingrich by two percentage points, romney a close third, paul finishing fourth. romney did claim two victories yesterday, he won the hawaii caucus and also the caucus in american samoa. >>> and right now congress is taking up rare legislation on capitol hill, a proposed bill that would cut off pay to lawmakers is getting surprising moment um momentum. they're hearing the no budget no pay act, the bipartisan bill is an attempt to find ways to improve the congressional process. if passed, lawmakers wouldn't get paid if they don't pass a budget or pass other critical legislation in time. >>> well, we are enjoying exactly what tom said we were going to see today, some beautiful sunshine and temperatures on the rise. breaking any records, tom? >> the record is 86 set on this date for today, march 14th, that was back in 19 it 90. i don't think it will get that hot at reaga
. >>> decision 2012's biggest primary day is in the book now. mitt romney can claim the biggest prize ohio. former governor won six of the 11 contests last night and started to put a little distance between himself and other candidates. nbc's tracie potts has more on the biggest day of the primary season. >> it appears mitt romney eked out a very narrow victory over rick santorum in ohio, one percentage point. >> i'm not going let you down. i'm going to get this nomination. >> reporter: romney realizes it is all about delegates and he's now got more than 300. it is a numbers game. and he's winning. >> tonight we are doing some counting and counting out the delegates for the convention and looks good and counting the days until november. that looks even better. >> reporter: romney won his home state, massachusetts, vermont, virginia, and idaho, alaska, four delegates in wyoming. santorum scored victories in tennessee, oklahoma, and north dakota. >> we have won in the west, the midwest, and the south and we are ready to win across this country. >> reporter: newt gingrich only won his home st
-runner mitt romney is hoping to win most of those delegates. this weekend he focused his attacks on president obama. >> if barack obama gets re-elected, iran will have a nuclear weapon, and the world will change. >> both romney and rick santorum spent yesterday criticizing the president's approach when it comes to iran. today the focus will be picking up last-minute support from undecided voters. each of the candidates feels he will make a strong showing in tomorrow's contests. >> sure hope to get support even in the primary process throughout the south. i think i will. i've got good support in florida. >> got a great grassroots campaign. we're hanging in there. >> very hard for one of the major candidates to not carry their home state and continue to move forward. >> according to the latest poll, santorum has the edge in ohio and tennessee. because he failed to complete the proper paperwork, he may not be eligible for more than 25% of the delegates. gingrich has a lead in georgia, state with the most delegates. romney is expected to win virginia in a landslide. only romney and ron paul are o
was shot several times and police do not believe the fire was intextually set. >>> mitt romney is coming off a commanding win in the illinois primary last night and is telling supporters he is in his words almost there. and some new backers seem to agree with that. steve handelsman has the latest. >> reporter: mitt romney's 12-point illinois win impressed big name republicans. and won him the endorsement of jeb bush, popular former governor of florida, who said, now is the time for republicans to unite behind governor romney. another prominent romney supporter called for an end to the primary fight. >> the sooner get on to the target and the debate and the contest between mitt romney and president obama the better off we will be. >> reporter: rick santorum tried spin. >> all the endorse ers, the establishment, comfortable with the status quo, go with mitt romney. >> it is great to be back in pennsylvania. >> but his weak second place in illinois may doom his campaign. >> if rick santorum cannot break through against mitt romney in a one on one match in a big midwestern state he can't tur
concerns. >>> also today mitt romney will be in the district for a fundraiser. women plan to be protesting. they're angry over his pledge to eliminate planned parenthood if he wins the election. some demonstrators are bringing etch a sketches. that's in reference to one of the comments his top aides made. he told the reporter romney plans on erasing his conservative focus like you shake an etch a sketch. >> imagine had mitt romney been around at the time we were drafting our constitution, he'd have just shaken it up after it was approved to rewrite it. >> and so here's governor romney's staff. they don't even have the decency to get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us out. >> romney did pick up a key endorser. jeb bush is endorsing him. rick santorum said he would be more aggressive in cutting funding from the federal go. he supports a current gop budget proposal but he things the cuts should be done more quickly and he'd do away with cost of living increases and grants to states for medicaid and food stamps. >>> virginia lawmakers will try again to reach a deal. the democr
you tomorrow. >>> in illinois last night, 47% of the vote romney's double-digit vote further justified his claim to be the presumptive nominee landing romney the majority of that state's 69 delegates. steve hamilton has details. >> reporter: mitt romney shored up his front-runner status in illinois. another one this one by a large margin in a big midwestern battleground state. >> join us, join us. together, we're going to ensure that america's greatest days are still ahead. thank you, guys. thank you so much. >> reporter: romney showed his strength. winning men and women voters in illinois. moderates and tea party activists. most said the economy was their number one concern. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. >> reporter: rick santorum campaigned on freedom from big government. he missed an opportunity to show he can win in the kind of state republicans need in the fall, but he stuck to his theme. >> economy. joblessness. national security concerns. the family. all boils down to one word, and that's what's at stake in this election and it's right behind me on t
waiting ing ting to see we primary there. mitt romney was on the defensive. and as brian moore reports, every delegate counts. >> reporter: as puerto rico held its sunday presidential primary, mitt romney and rick santorum were fighting for delegates and momentum. romney was on the ground in tuesday's battleground, illinois, and attacking president obama in his own backyard. >> he's an economic lightweight. and he's made decision it is a have hurt the american people. it's time to put in place an economic heavy weight, and i will get it done. >> reporter: santorum is hoping to hit another home run by focusing on social issues. >> liberty, marriage and the family, and life. they are at the core. they can't be ignored. >> santorum, newt gingrich, and ron paul are trying to drag out the fight and keep romney from winning enough delegates to nail down the nomination. >> we're only at halftime. this process is going to play itself out. we will have a nominee, i think, fairly soon. >> reporter: but the tampa convention may not turn out to be a coronation. republicans are already preparing fo
who the nominee will be. mitt romney toured a sheep steel plant in canton, ohio. he figures if he does break out tomorrow and grab a lock on the gop nomination, it's because he's focused on jobs. during this campaign, there's been discussion about all sorts of issues but i keep bringing it back to more jobs, less debt, and smaller government. >> reporter: that's a swipe at rick santorum. he was in miamisburg, ohio talking about jobs but also social issues. >> whether we are a country that's going to believe in the integrity of the family, whether we're a country that's going to respect all human life. >> reporter: voters in 11 states cast ballots tomorrow but the world will watch ohio. santorum vs. romney. and in the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll the gap is narrowed to just two points. a statistical tie. on main street in bexley, ohio today at the cozy restaurant, it was a tie. >> i'm going to vote for mitt romney because i think he is more of a middle of the road candidate. >> i absolutely follow christ, like he is who i want to be a reflection of his perfection. >> repor
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